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knowing whom we have believed, even one, who is able to keep what we have committed to him against that day.t

Grant that forgetting the things that are behind, we may reach forth to those things that are before for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.u

We know, that we are born to trouble as the sparks fly upward ; but in six troubles be pleased to deliver us, and in seven let no evil touch us.w

Lord, deliver us from every evil work, and preserve us unto thy heavenly kingdom, being kept from falling, x that we may be presented faultless at the coming of thy glory with exceeding joy.y

Let the eternal God be our refuge and, underneath be the everlasting arms.z

Let us be kept from the evil which is in the world, and sanctified through truth, thy word is truth.a

Build us up, we pray thee, in our most holy faith, and keep us in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.6

Lord, make us to know our end, and the measure of our days, what it is, that we may know and consider how frail we are,c and that

t 2 Tim. j. 12. u Phil. iii. 12, 13, 14. w Job v. 7. 19. x 2 Tim. iv. 18. y Jude 24, 2. Deut. xxxiii. 27. a John xvii. 15. 17. by Jude 20, 21. Psalm xxxix. 4, 5.

our days are as an hand breadth, and that every man at his best state, is altogether vanity, and our days upon earth are as a shadow, and there is no abiding. Lord, teach us so to number our days, that we may ap. ply our hearts unto wisdom,d and make us to consider our latter end.e

Make us always ready with our loins gird. ed about, and our lights burning, because the Son of man comes at an hour that we think not.f

And when we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, be thou with us, that we may fear no evil, let thy rod and thy staff comfort us.

Guide us by thy counsel, and afterward receive us to glory.

Oh, that we may have our conversation in heaven, that we may from thence with comfort look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus, who shall change our vile bodies, that they may be fashioned like unto his glorious body.i

Oh, that we may set our affections on things that are above, and that our life may be hid with Christ, in God, that when Christ, who is our life, shall appear, we also may appear with him in glory.k

d Psalm. xc. 12. e Deut. xxxii. 29. f Luke xii. 35. 40. ke xu. 35. 40.

g Psalm xxiii. 4. b Psal. lxxiii. 24. i Phil. iii. 20, 21. k Col. iii. 2,3, 4. When we fail, let us be received into everlasting habitations, into the city that hath habitations, whose builder and maker is God.

For Temporal mercies.

THOU, Lord, art our refuge, and our fortress, and under thy wings will we trust, thy truth shall be our shield and buckler ; let us therefore not be afraid for the terror by night, nor for the arrow that flieth by day. Having made the Lord our refuge, and the Most High our habitation, let no evil befal us, nor any plague come nigh our dwellings.a

Let the Lord be our keeper, even he that keepeth Israel, and neither slumbers nor sleeps.b

Lord, make a hedge about us, · and about our houses, and about all that we have,c and take sickness away from the midst of us.d

Let us be blessed in the city and in the field, in our basket and in our store ; let us be blessed when we come in, and when we go out.e

Lord, let thy good providence so order all events concerning us, that they may be made to work for good to us, as thou hast promised,

I Luke xvi. 9. a Psa!m xci. 2, 4, 9, 10. 6 Psal. cxxi. 4, 5. c Job i. 10. d Exod. xxiii. 25. e Deut, xxviii, 3,5,6.

they shall to all that love thee, and are called according to thy purpose. f

Deal with us according to the tenor of the everlasting covenant, which is well ordered in all things and sure, and which is all our salvation, and all our desire.g

Look upon us and be merciful to us, as thou usest to do unto those that love thy name,h and do more for us than we are able to ask or think,i and supply all our needs according to thy riches in glory by Christ Jesus.k

f Rom. viii. 28. bo Psal. cxix. 132.

& 2 Samuel xxiii. 5. i Eph. iii. 20. £ Phil. iv. 19.

CHAPTER IV.

Thanksgiving.

For Temporal Mercies.

T ET our souls bless the Lord, and let all U that is within us bless his holy name; yea, let our souls bless the Lord, and not forget any of his benefits.

It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord,b and to sing praises unto thy name, O Most High, and to shew forth thy loving kindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night.c

Thou art gracious, and full of compassion, slow to anger, and of great mercy,d and hast told us, that thou dost not afflict willingly; or grieve the children of men ; but though thou cause grief, yet thou wilt have compassion according to the multitude of thy mercies.e

Thou causest thy sun to shine on the evil and on the good ; and sendest rain on the just and on the unjust. f

Thou crownest the year with thy goodness, and thy paths drop fatness.

Thou causest the grass to grow for cattle, and herb for the service of man. Thou giv

a Psal. ciij. 1, 2. 6 Psal. cxlvii. 1. c Psal xcii. 1,2. d Psal. cxlv. 8, e Lam. iii. 32, 33. f Matt, v. 45. & Psalm lxy. 9, 10, 11.

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